All of the teams have been very busy updating their families, friends and supporters of their adventures at sea over the Holiday season. Here is quick synopsis, in descending order of the Leader Board (http://bit.ly/1UXYTMq) :

LATITUDE 35

The leading team on the ocean sent this Christmas message on the 25th: “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone from Latitude 35! We are happy that we have already covered over 900 NM on Christmas day. Thank you everyone for your wishes and comments. During every conversation Tom M. takes a minute to read them out to us and even though it is 9 $ a minute to use the sat phone we are always happy to hear those! Merry Christmas to all the crews out there in the race!”

ROW FOR JAMES

The R4J team sent a lovely Christmas Video and this message: “Happy Christmas to you all from the Row For James boys out on the Atlantic!!” See the full video here: https://www.facebook.com/rowforjames/

SOULO GAV

Irish rower Gavan Heningan tweeted a lovely picture of himself with a Christmas hat in the middle of the Atlantic, and said: “Happy Christmas from the middle of the Atlantic! Thank you for all your support so far! 2,000 miles to go!”

AMERICAN OARSMEN

The Texas rowers have tweeted: “Merry Christmas Eve from the deep blue sea! It has taken a few days, but we seem to finally have gotten into our shift groove. The sea is a mirror pond tonight, reflecting a sky of stars, a sliver of moon and our white oar blades!”

ATLANTIC ENDEAVOUR

Our all-female crew sent this message via Twitter to their families and friends, accompanied by two lovely pictures of the team wearing outrageous Christmas hats: “MERRY CHRISTMAS from Team AE mid-Atlantic! 12 days in on lovely Ellida, the home support we are receiving means the world, thank you so much xxx”

FACING IT

On Christmas day, the South-African boys sent this message to all of us: “Today was one milestone reached as we now have less than 2000nm to the finish The first 700nm and last 48 odd hours have not been without its challenges- from technical complications to skipper being “booked” off Rowing for 48 hours by the fleet doctor due to severe symptoms of vertigo and bizarre weather! But on Christmas Day we had a very surprising and welcome visit from the support yacht! Was really nice chatting to someone else other than those onboard Tide! Thank everyone for our Christmas wishes and presents! Not easy opening it without family around but very special to “feel” the support and love. We might have lost some miles while skipper was out but he is back on the oars and getting stronger every minute. Thank you Charl and Wayne for keeping us going! Please keep the support coming! Antigua we’ll see you soon!”

A-ADVENTURES

The intrepid polar explorers Andy, Andy and Andrew sent a lovely Christmas message on Sunday and said: “Much Christmas love from the boat, same old same old, but at least it’s sunny and not raining for a change, looking forward to their corned beef, baked beans and smash potato at 4pm first bit of real-ish food in 12 days. Thank you everyone for your donations and support, we are truly grateful!”

FRESH DENTAL CHALLENGE

Our ‘dental rowers” Justin and Azud were on BBC Radio Devon on Boxing Day morning describing their adventure! Here is also a summary which Sam (in their support team) has put together: “They are having some real highs and lows. The low was yesterday when their water maker broke and it took over a stressful hour to fix. Another low was the torrential rain Christmas eve night and struggling to keep anything dry. However, there have been some great highs, the other morning they were accompanied by a pod of dolphins. They are being followed by three birds, that Justin has named Gilbert, Horatio and Bartholomew. The sunsets are amazing and the other night there was lots of lightning on the horizon that was pretty spectacular provided it didn’t get closer. Justin is listening to lots of music, Ed Sheeran live and some great audio books. They are loving the messages which I continue to pass on, and also that they have moved up the fleet to currently 4th overall position. Thanks for all your support!”

TEAM HOPLEY

Solo rower Elaine Hopley sent through this lovely message on Christmas Day: “Merry Christmas every one! It continues to be epic. Rowed through the biggest, scariest thunder storm from 15:00 until 04:00. The high winds and torrential rain are exhausting and me, white knuckle, hand steering “Jan” (the boat). Thankfully the sun is out now and I’m drying out.”

32° NORTH

Americans Kurt and John in Bonny Rey tweeted on Christmas eve: “Holiday Greetings from @Row_32North!” And sent their John and I apologize for the delay in getting our first full “: out update, which startedorough many supporters and fans a ththe first week was extremely —and as reiterated to us by the racing committee —update to you from the water. As expected from —nging as we tore down our habits and recurring motions to adapt to boat life. At a flip of a switch, our daily life challechanged significantly.” —when we eat, to how we sleep, wash, talk, and, well, do other things To read their full blog, you can go to: http://bit.ly/2izuZVj

ROSSITERS

Dmitry Rezvoy is in the back of the fleet, but despite some challenges with the rudder, he is in good form. Over the Christmas period, the support boat for the Race was on his way to visit the Ukrainian solo rower.

ROWERS ARK

Daryl Farmer has had a tough few days, but is in good spirits. His support team on land report on their blog: “It’s been a fraught few days at Rowers Ark and Daryl has experienced some seriously dark moments but is fighting strong! Today was a day that every ocean Rower dreads and fears! Daryl may not come first in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2016 but today he was the first of the fleet to CAPSIZE!! I can reassure you all, he is ok, I have spoken with him. It’s not a nice experience at all and would leave any human being shocked, when the narrowing 6ft by 4ft cabin that is your home and safety suddenly is thrown upside down, placing you upside down under the water! (It makes me want to hold my breath just thinking about it!) …but Bojangles did what she was meant to, as all ocean rowing boats are designed to, and she self-righted within a few seconds, ready for the continued beating the ocean and weather is throwing at them relentlessly at the moment! This man is my #hero!! Please keep donating so I can update him it’s all been worth it!”

 

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All of the teams have been very busy updating their families, friends and supporters of their adventures at sea over the Holiday season. Here is quick synopsis, in descending order of the Leader Board (http://bit.ly/1UXYTMq) :

LATITUDE 35

The leading team on the ocean sent this Christmas message on the 25th: “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone from Latitude 35! We are happy that we have already covered over 900 NM on Christmas day. Thank you everyone for your wishes and comments. During every conversation Tom M. takes a minute to read them out to us and even though it is 9 $ a minute to use the sat phone we are always happy to hear those! Merry Christmas to all the crews out there in the race!”

ROW FOR JAMES

The R4J team sent a lovely Christmas Video and this message: “Happy Christmas to you all from the Row For James boys out on the Atlantic!!” See the full video here: https://www.facebook.com/rowforjames/

SOULO GAV

Irish rower Gavan Heningan tweeted a lovely picture of himself with a Christmas hat in the middle of the Atlantic, and said: “Happy Christmas from the middle of the Atlantic! Thank you for all your support so far! 2,000 miles to go!”

AMERICAN OARSMEN

The Texas rowers have tweeted: “Merry Christmas Eve from the deep blue sea! It has taken a few days, but we seem to finally have gotten into our shift groove. The sea is a mirror pond tonight, reflecting a sky of stars, a sliver of moon and our white oar blades!”

ATLANTIC ENDEAVOUR

Our all-female crew sent this message via Twitter to their families and friends, accompanied by two lovely pictures of the team wearing outrageous Christmas hats: “MERRY CHRISTMAS from Team AE mid-Atlantic! 12 days in on lovely Ellida, the home support we are receiving means the world, thank you so much xxx”

FACING IT

On Christmas day, the South-African boys sent this message to all of us: “Today was one milestone reached as we now have less than 2000nm to the finish The first 700nm and last 48 odd hours have not been without its challenges- from technical complications to skipper being “booked” off Rowing for 48 hours by the fleet doctor due to severe symptoms of vertigo and bizarre weather! But on Christmas Day we had a very surprising and welcome visit from the support yacht! Was really nice chatting to someone else other than those onboard Tide! Thank everyone for our Christmas wishes and presents! Not easy opening it without family around but very special to “feel” the support and love. We might have lost some miles while skipper was out but he is back on the oars and getting stronger every minute. Thank you Charl and Wayne for keeping us going! Please keep the support coming! Antigua we’ll see you soon!”

A-ADVENTURES

The intrepid polar explorers Andy, Andy and Andrew sent a lovely Christmas message on Sunday and said: “Much Christmas love from the boat, same old same old, but at least it’s sunny and not raining for a change, looking forward to their corned beef, baked beans and smash potato at 4pm first bit of real-ish food in 12 days. Thank you everyone for your donations and support, we are truly grateful!”

FRESH DENTAL CHALLENGE

Our ‘dental rowers” Justin and Azud were on BBC Radio Devon on Boxing Day morning describing their adventure! Here is also a summary which Sam (in their support team) has put together: “They are having some real highs and lows. The low was yesterday when their water maker broke and it took over a stressful hour to fix. Another low was the torrential rain Christmas eve night and struggling to keep anything dry. However, there have been some great highs, the other morning they were accompanied by a pod of dolphins. They are being followed by three birds, that Justin has named Gilbert, Horatio and Bartholomew. The sunsets are amazing and the other night there was lots of lightning on the horizon that was pretty spectacular provided it didn’t get closer. Justin is listening to lots of music, Ed Sheeran live and some great audio books. They are loving the messages which I continue to pass on, and also that they have moved up the fleet to currently 4th overall position. Thanks for all your support!”

TEAM HOPLEY

Solo rower Elaine Hopley sent through this lovely message on Christmas Day: “Merry Christmas every one! It continues to be epic. Rowed through the biggest, scariest thunder storm from 15:00 until 04:00. The high winds and torrential rain are exhausting and me, white knuckle, hand steering “Jan” (the boat). Thankfully the sun is out now and I’m drying out.”

32° NORTH

Americans Kurt and John in Bonny Rey tweeted on Christmas eve: “Holiday Greetings from @Row_32North!” And sent their John and I apologize for the delay in getting our first full “: out update, which startedorough many supporters and fans a ththe first week was extremely —and as reiterated to us by the racing committee —update to you from the water. As expected from —nging as we tore down our habits and recurring motions to adapt to boat life. At a flip of a switch, our daily life challechanged significantly.” —when we eat, to how we sleep, wash, talk, and, well, do other things To read their full blog, you can go to: http://bit.ly/2izuZVj

ROSSITERS

Dmitry Rezvoy is in the back of the fleet, but despite some challenges with the rudder, he is in good form. Over the Christmas period, the support boat for the Race was on his way to visit the Ukrainian solo rower.

ROWERS ARK

Daryl Farmer has had a tough few days, but is in good spirits. His support team on land report on their blog: “It’s been a fraught few days at Rowers Ark and Daryl has experienced some seriously dark moments but is fighting strong! Today was a day that every ocean Rower dreads and fears! Daryl may not come first in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2016 but today he was the first of the fleet to CAPSIZE!! I can reassure you all, he is ok, I have spoken with him. It’s not a nice experience at all and would leave any human being shocked, when the narrowing 6ft by 4ft cabin that is your home and safety suddenly is thrown upside down, placing you upside down under the water! (It makes me want to hold my breath just thinking about it!) …but Bojangles did what she was meant to, as all ocean rowing boats are designed to, and she self-righted within a few seconds, ready for the continued beating the ocean and weather is throwing at them relentlessly at the moment! This man is my #hero!! Please keep donating so I can update him it’s all been worth it!”

 

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